Attacks in Algeria

This item appears on page 21 of the October 2008 issue.

The Department of State urges travelers in Algeria to evaluate carefully the risks. Terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, ambushes and assassinations, occur regularly.

Since June 2008, the Kabylie region has seen a series of bombing and other terrorist attacks of increasing size and frequency, including a suicide car-bomb at a gendarmerie school in Issers on Aug. 19 that killed at least 44 people.

While Algerian security forces have been targeted in many of the attacks, among other targets was a bus transporting employees of a foreign company. Many victims of the attacks have been civilians.